Joyce C. Beard

Joyce C. Beard, 77, of Berne passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Swiss Village in Berne, where she was a resident. She was born on March 23, 1940 in Adams County to Amos and Ida (Kaehr) Moser. She was married on December 5, 1959 to Jerry L. Beard.

She was an active member of First Missionary Church in Berne. She was a secretary for various organizations, including Gilpin Ornamental Iron, Youth for Christ, Dunbar Furniture, and Economy Printing. She and her husband enjoyed traveling to all 50 states. She loved her children, grandchildren, and her cat, Miss Kitty. She also enjoyed creating paint-by-number masterpieces. Her smile was contagious, which was perhaps her greatest attribute.

She is survived by her husband of Berne; daughter, Teri (Rev. Ken) Hogg of Decatur; son, James (Sondra) Beard of Fort Wayne; and four grandchildren, Joshua Hogg; Chrystal and Colin Beard; and Matt Morton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, John Beard; and three sisters, Marilyn Andrews, Rosemary Ricker; and Shirley Marks.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service on Monday, May 1 at the Swiss Village Auditorium. Officiating will be Pastor Dathen Foust. Burial will be at MRE Cemetery in Berne.

Memorials may be made to the Swiss Village Samaritan Fund.

Arrangements provided by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Sign the guest book online at